While deployed, the amphibious assault ship participated in exercise Talisman Saber and completed training and certifications with the 31st MEU.
The aircraft carrier returned to its homeport of Bremerton, Wash., Sept. 22, after a successful underway period for training and certifications.
Following an ongoing patrol aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 will operate from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Jeffrey Thomas was presented the medal Sept. 20 in San Diego for his action against the enemy last year during Operation Inherent Resolve.
Sailors from the staff of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Korea, participated in events Sept. 15-17 commemorating the anniversary of the 1950 surprise amphibious landing.
The Navy recently accepted delivery of the future USS Omaha (LCS 12), which will be homeported in San Diego.
Expeditionary Strike Group ships arrived in Okinawa, Japan, to offload 31st MEU Marines, Sept. 19, capping a multi-month Indo-Asia-Pacific deployment.
Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander of U.S. 7th Fleet, relieved Rear Adm. Charles Williams and Capt. Jeffrey Bennett, Sept. 18.
The amphibious dock landing ship with embarked U.S. Coast Guard maritime law enforcement personnel anchored off Vanuatu for a port visit, Sept. 15.